Michael Cook Inducted as the FCBE’s 13th Investor in Excellence
For release: July 11, 2014
On Wednesday, July 9th, Michael Cook, founder and CEO of SouthernSun Asset Management
firm, was inducted as Fogelman College’s 13th Investor in Excellence. The ceremony
was held at the College in the first floor lobby. Nearly 50 people were in attendance
to celebrate this recognition, including U of M President, Dr. David Rudd and three
of 2013’s inducted Investors in Excellence – Bill Watkins, co-founder of Watkins Uiberall,
Larry Papasan, former President of MLGW and Smith & Nephew, and Laurie Tucker, former
SVP of FedEx Services and co-founder/CSO of Calade Partners. Many other major Memphis
business moguls including Charlie McVean, Chairman and CEO of McVean Trading & Investments
LLC, Rudi Scheidt, former Chairman of Hohenberg Brothers Co., and Mike Cross, Senior
Analyst and Principle of SouthernSun, were also present.
Presentation of Investors in Excellence award
From left to right: President David Rudd, Michael Cook, and Dean Rajiv Grover
Michael was accompanied by his wife, Jennifer, sons, Phillip and Whit, and daughter,
Minor Pipes. Many of his SouthernSun colleagues also came to support this induction.
Michael Cook’s family present for the event
From left to right: Minor Pipes, Phillip Cook, Michael Cook, Jennifer Cook, and Whit
The Investors in Excellence is the most elite group of Fogelman College supporters.
They are awarded this honor based on their tremendous influence on increasing the
business school’s enrollment, their implementation of dynamic new programs, their
expansion of financial support to students and faculty, and by fostering mutually
beneficial connections between the University and the Memphis community.
Michael Cook earned his place within this prestigious group due to his significant
financial pledge of $1 million to build a state-of-the-art financial trading lab.
Click here to read the complete story about the future Cook Trading Lab.
Michael Cook offering acceptance speech
The Investors in Excellence include: Robert F. Fogelman; Avron B. Fogelman; Brad Martin;
Larry Papasan; David and Eloise Kimmelman; Morgan Morton; George Johnson; Willard
Sparks; Kemmons Wilson, Sr.; Laurie Tucker; Bill Watkins; Dan Palmer; and most recently,
Michael Cook. ”